Marks & Spencer Clothes Sales Drop Again as Gains Elude Bolland

Marks & Spencer's ladies campaign | Source: Marks & Spencer

LONDON, United Kingdom — Marks & Spencer Group Plc, the U.K.’s largest clothing retailer, reported a 12th straight quarterly drop in non-food sales as Chief Executive Officer Marc Bolland struggles to turn around the company’s fortunes.

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M&S Loses More Market Share as Price Gap With Rivals Widens

Marks & Spencer's ladies campaign | Source: Marks & Spencer

LONDON, United Kingdom — Marks & Spencer Group Plc was the only major clothing retailer to lose U.K. sales and market share in the six months through mid-May and the price gap with rivals widened, according to Sanford C. Bernstein.

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E-commerce Edge Helps British Retailers Expand Abroad

Source: Reuters

BERLIN, Germany — Marks & Spencer Plc is making a new push to expand abroad, hoping e-commerce will give Britain's biggest clothing retailer a better chance to succeed than earlier attempts to enter new markets. It is one of several retailers that are using expertise developed in the UK's fast-growing e-commerce market to expand overseas.

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Next Profit Gains as U.K. Retailer Surpasses M&S for First Time

Joan Smalls in Next's SS2014 lookbook | Source: Next

LONDON, United Kingdom — Next Plc, the U.K.’s second-largest clothing retailer, reported a 12 percent increase in full-year earnings, making more money than Marks & Spencer Group Plc for the first time in the brand’s 32-year history.

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M&S Investors Bank on Next-Style Cash Returns as Sales Decline

Marks & Spencer store in Manchester | Source: Shutterstock

LONDON, United Kingdom — Marks & Spencer Group Plc Chief Executive Officer Marc Bolland doesn’t make as much money selling clothes as smaller rival Next Plc. To soften the blow, some investors would like him to mimic his competitor’s record on giving back cash.

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Marks & Spencer Clothing Sales Drop Worsens as Discounts Fail

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Marks & Spencer Christmas ad | Source: M&S

LONDON, United Kingdom — Marks & Spencer Group Plc reported a tenth straight quarter of falling clothing sales, indicating that heavy discounting before Christmas had little effect in luring customers back to Britain’s largest apparel retailer.

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Marks & Spencer Edges Toward Revival as Clothes Sales Drop Eases

Marks & Spencer's 'Leading Ladies' campaign | Source: Marks & Spencer

LONDON, United Kingdom — Marks & Spencer Group Plc reported the smallest decline in general-merchandise sales in more than two years, signaling that a new women’s clothing collection may be helping the U.K.’s largest clothing retailer regain shoppers.

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M&S Casts Grace Coddington and Leading Ladies in Campaign by Annie Liebovitz

M&S Leading Ladies Campaign featuring Grace Coddington | Source: Marks & Spencer

LONDON, United Kingdom — Marks & Spencer is hoping a high-profile ad campaign featuring some of Britain's biggest female celebrities will boost sales of its make-or-break Autumn/Winter fashion range when it debuts in September.

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